Yamaha CR-600

Yamaha CR-600


The clean and orderly Yamaha CR-600 was a mid range offering from Yamaha from around 1973 until about 1976. It retailed for $460.00 and incorporates Yamaha’s signature Natural Sound technology and is known for a detailed and accurate sound.


Yamaha CR-600 Knobs


This era of Yamaha’s has a subtle futuristic look to them with the brushed aluminum face and linear, orderly placement of the knobs and switches. In a dark room the big rectangular dial lens lights up but not too much to be distracting. The rest of the dial face does not have lighting. Both meters are lit. Original replacement bulbs are not easy to find but many have had success with Mouser part # 606-CM2182. They do require some soldering or can be spliced into the existing leads.


Yamaha CR-600 Lit


The CR-600 produces 30 watts per channel though many have bench tested them at around 40 watts per channel so they are most likely under rated.  It has Mic and Headphone jacks on the front panel next to the big rectangular speaker switch.


Yamaha CR-600 Switch


There is also a Signal Strength meter and Tuning meter. The knobs control Mic Volume, Bass, Treble, Loudness and Volume. The Volume knob is a dual control and adjusts Balance as well.

The switches control Low Filter, High Filter, Mode and Tape A + B. Interestingly the red AFC/Station light (and AFC circuit I presume) will go out when you touch the tuning dial and come back on when you let go.


Yamaha CR-600 Lamps


The back panel has two sets of phono inputs and an Aux input as well. It also has a Pre-out and Main as well as two sets of speaker outputs.


Yamaha CR-600 Inputs


The older Yamaha’s were built exceptionally well and the x00 and xx20 models used discrete transistors instead of the power packs that plagued later models (xx40). The CR-600 and CR-800 use the same Alps tuning head which is a high quality and very sensitive tuner.  It measure 18-3/4″ x 6-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ and weighs in at about 27.5 lbs.


Yamaha CR-600 Parts


Yamaha receivers are very popular with vintage audio enthusiasts and prices reflect that. Still, the Yamaha CR-600 can be had for a reasonable price. With its basic features and superior performance it makes an excellent stereo for building a vintage system around. A CR-600 in nice working condition can be had for around $150 to $200.

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Yamaha CR-400

Yamaha CR-400 Faceplate


No, the Yamaha CR-400 receiver isn’t big. It isn’t powerful. It doesn’t have a lot of features and it’s not sought after by collectors. But, what it is, is a well built little receiver that will perform perfectly in a smaller room. Besides, the more features there are the more that can go wrong with it right? At $330 it was Yamaha’s entry level offering which, at the time, included the CR-600, CR-800 and CR-1000.


Yamaha CR-400 Wood Case


The CR-400 was introduced in 1975 and is rated at 16 watts per channel so it isn’t going to blow the doors off your room. It may be the lowest power output of all the vintage Yamaha receivers. Even the later CR-240 put out 20 watts per channel.  It’s also not going to stress your audio rack because it weighs in at a paltry 21 pounds. But, by today’s standards I guess that’s pretty heavy.

Interestingly, there is no separate Balance control. Instead Yamaha implemented separate dual-concentric Volume controls for each channel. The volume knob has two sections, the inner for the left channel, and the outer for the right channel.


Yamaha CR-400 Dials


The CR-400 has a Microphone input with its own separate Volume control. This allows for  mic mixing, which lets you play any signal source, then blend in your voice and even record the results.


Yamaha CR-400 Knobs


It has inputs for Phone, Aux and Tape so you can run a iPod through it utilizing the Aux input with the correct adapter (3.5mm to 2 Male RCA Y connector) which runs about 5 bucks on eBay. It also features:

  • Dual FET FM Front End
  • IC and Ceramic Filter FM IF Amplifier
  • IC Multiplex Demodulator
  • Dual Tuning Meters
  • LED Indicators (Power/ FM Stereo)
  • 3-Stage DC Phono Equalizer
  • Mic Mixing
  • DC OCL Pure Complementary Power Amplifier
  • Subsonic Filter
  • Speaker Selection (A, B, A+B)


Yamaha CR-400 Inputs


Overall the Yamaha CR-400 is just a simple little stereo that will do its job well in a smaller space such as an office or a den. It’s easy to repair and has no unobtainable parts. It does have that flat / neutral Yamaha Natural Sound that some people really like and others really hate. The CR-400 was one of Yamaha’s first widely distributed receivers in the U.S. market.

As a collector’s item it’s not that desirable mainly because of its lack of power and features. You can pick up a really nice one for about $100. A good working one for around $60.

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